Valerio Nardoni, Young Livornese Author, by Alessandro Ulivari

It is not so easy to speak about Valerio Nardoni, because I met him just through his one and only book entitled “L’Uomo di Fronte” (‘The Man Opposite’) and the tales of our mutual friend Giacomo Guantini (a very clever writer, subject of  my previous article on Livorno Now).
Valerio Nardoni now lives in Florence and works in a publishing house (he is a translator from Spanish to Italian), but I think that Livorno is always with him. He can find it when he rummages in his pockets, in his pillow when he rests and thinks about the past, about his many experiences as a student, singer, painter, a man who learns to live using his mind as a weapon against the common life, against defeat.

Valerio’s book is very difficult to understand, in fact at the moment he has not yet found any publisher.
To understand the message of this book, we must be trained in reading, to grasp the many cultural references, or lose ourselves in the void following the words, their sounds, their hidden meanings.
I would say that the most important adjective in this book is ‘free’, free from every purpose, free from every constraint, free even from every pretension. This is in my opinion a “for one man book”: the writer.
“L’Uomo di Fronte” is a book that leaves the reader alone with a million questions and interpretative efforts, free anyway to imagine.
Valerio is a special man, I would attempt to say a philosopher of “all and nothing”, a world citizen lost even in his own mind (the biggest place).
Before he died, one of the most important Italian and European poets of the 20th century said: “Valerio Nardoni is a lucky encounter that these late years of my life have given to me. I have been able to get to know directly in him some of the lively and frank aspects of today’s youth, as well as his own personal talent. When circumstances brought us together, he knew little about me. Conscientiously he wanted to find out something about me from conversations and reading. Then, driven by less random incentives, he decided to explore systematically my poetic works of more than half a century, and a little while later to organize it intellectually according to his own dream and libido. This is where the idea for an anthology began, not a canonical anthology but a free and active one - spiritually and fantastically active - which only Valerio could conceive”. This poet was Mario Luzi and this anthology of his poems is entitled “La ferita nell’essere” (The wound in being) edited by Passigli.
“L’Uomo di Fronte” deserves more luck in this world full of literary rubbish, luck for the person who wrote it, luck for the persons that could read it.
Good luck Valerio!

I didn't know Valerio but

I didn't know Valerio but now i'll look out for his book - from your words he seems another interesting and unfairly unknown son of Livorno... 

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